In March of 2002, Andy and I were expecting our first child together. I already had three other children from my first marriage, but this was all new to him. Since it had been six years since my last delivery, my previous O.B. had retired and I had a new doctor
With all three of my children, I had had really quick deliveries. My first child almost came in the shower, and with my second, we didn't have time to have the table set up. The nurse held the baby in until the doctor got in the room! This time, I wanted a completely "normal" delivery with a table set up.
I was prepared for a quick delivery, but not a long one. Normally I prefer to deliver in peace and quiet, with no noise or distractions. But a friend of mine showed up unexpectedly with her teenage daughter, wanting to stay. I tried to relax, I really did, but they were driving me crazy. It was making everything take longer.
Finally, I went to the bathroom for some quiet and she followed me in! I was getting frustrated because I was still at 5 cm. when normally I would have been done. When she asked if I wanted her to stay, I didn't say anything, so she left.
Andy came and sat by me in the dark, and didn't say a word. It seemed like my contractions had almost stopped, and I thought I was just slowing it down. Andy had worked all night the night before and I felt bad for him that it was taking so long.
A new nurse came in and wanted to check me, but I didn't want to leave the bathroom's peace and quiet. It hadn't even been 1/2 hour since they checked me at 5 c.m. When we got to the bed, I couldn't climb in. I told the nurse I needed the doctor, but the nurse said she wouldn't get her until after she had checked me. I started to climb on the bed on my hands and knees and the nurse said she would check me in that position since I wouldn't lie down. She got there just in time to grab my baby!
So much for a normal delivery, no table, no doctor, on my hands and knees!
Andy said I should be happy that the baby had actually made it on the bed. Lacy was six pounds, seven ounces and perfect.